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08 Sep 2016, 21:30

Hi greatchap,

I have to ask if the prompt has been transcribed correctly. The answer choices all include the variable "A", which does NOT appear in the prompt. Given the inclusion of that variable, I have to assume that the original prompts stated that "A apples cost C cents..."; given that interpretation, here's how you could answer the question...

We're told that A apples costs C CENTS. We're asked how many apples can be bought for D DOLLARS.

IF... A = 2 C = 2 D = 3 then 2 apples cost 2 cents, you can buy 100 apples for 1 dollar and 300 apples for 3 dollars. So we're looking for an answer that equals 300 when we plug in those 3 values... There's only one answer that matches.

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09 Sep 2016, 01:27

EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:

Hi greatchap,

I have to ask if the prompt has been transcribed correctly. The answer choices all include the variable "A", which does NOT appear in the prompt. Given the inclusion of that variable, I have to assume that the original prompts stated that "A apples cost C cents..."; given that interpretation, here's how you could answer the question...

We're told that A apples costs C CENTS. We're asked how many apples can be bought for D DOLLARS.

IF... A = 2 C = 2 D = 3 then 2 apples cost 2 cents, you can buy 100 apples for 1 dollar and 300 apples for 3 dollars. So we're looking for an answer that equals 300 when we plug in those 3 values... There's only one answer that matches.

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09 Sep 2016, 05:21

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I have edited the question to reflect the answer choices.

greatchap wrote:

If a apples cost c cents, how many apples can be bought for d dollars ?

(A) 100acd

(B) \(\frac{100d}{ac}\)

(C) \(\frac{ad}{100c}\)

(D) \(\frac{c}{100ad}\)

(E) \(\frac{100ad}{c}\)

We can also solve the question using equivalent ratios.

Use the ratio number of apples/cost in DOLLARS

First, notice that c DOLLARS is 100 times more than c CENTS So, if we can buy a apples for c cents, then we can buy 100a apples for c DOLLARS

Let x = the number of apples that we can by for d dollars We can now set up two equivalent ratios. 100a/c = x/d Cross-multiply to get: (100a)(d) = cx Divide both sides by c to get: 100ad/c = x

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09 Sep 2016, 10:31

Hi greatchap,

TESTing VALUES is a remarkably useful approach in the Quant section of the GMAT. You could easily use this one Tactic on over half of the questions in that section, so it's an approach that you should plan to learn and practice often during your studies.